Stellaluna / Janell Cannon ~ Baby bat Stellaluna's life is flitting along right on schedule--until an owl attacks her mother. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna's adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should--she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs.
Skippyjon Jones / Judy Schachner ~ Move over, Eloise and Olivia. Make room for Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese kitten who can't resign himself to being an ordinary cat. Having a time-out in his room, he resorts to his imagination. Taking on the superhero persona of the great Spanish sword fighter Skippito, he has the adventure of his life, and readers are invited along. Zany, wild, and over-the-top, this utterly original book truly begs to be read aloud.
Where the Wild Things Are / Maurice Sendak ~ [DOWNLOABLE AUDIOBOOK a perfect companion to the iconic picture book] Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief & gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak's color illustrations, perhaps his finest, are beautiful. Each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus / Mo Willems ~ When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum [baby/preschooler]
The Composer is Dead / Lemony Snicket ~ There's dreadful news from the symphony hall—the composer is dead! If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously? In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, an alibi, and nearly everyone is an instrument. But the composer is still dead.
Cloudette / Tom Lichtenheld ~ Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you’re a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?
Crazy Hair / Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean ~ Gaiman, the author of the Newbery Medal-winning "The Graveyard Book," and illustrator McKean team up once again for this whimsical, witty rhyming tale of a young girl who tries to tame the unruly mane of her friend.
Grandpa Green / Lane Smith ~ In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green's great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love
Jumpy Jack & Googily / Meg Rosoff & Sophie Blackall ~ Meet Jumpy Jack, a very nervous snail who’s afraid of monsters, and Googily, who is a—well, who is a very good friend, indeed. Wherever they go, Googily kindly checks high and low just to make sure there are no scary monsters about. But as every child knows, monsters come in many shapes and sizes.
Scaredy Squirrel has a Birthday Party / Melanie Watt ~ He's back Scaredy Squirrel, the loveable worrywart, returns for another nutty adventure. Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He'd rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals